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Romney Survives Santorum to Win Michigan, Arizona

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Posted on Feb 28, 2012
AP / Gerald Herbert

Miles Romney, left, third cousin to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, cheers in reaction to news that Romney was the projected winner in the Arizona primary.

Polls suggested it might be an embarrassing night for Mitt Romney, whose campaign of inevitability depended on wins in home state Michigan and Mormon-friendly Arizona, but he proved resilient in both states.

Rick Santorum made a strong push in Michigan in the weeks before the primary, and even invited Democrats to help him upset a Romney coronation (Michigan’s Republican primary is open to members of any party).

Once again, Romney relied on a barrage of negative ads to achieve victory. Conventional wisdom suggests this could turn off voters and hurt him in the general election, but then conventional wisdom has never had to deal with super PACs before.  —PZS

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By Jim, March 1, 2012 at 8:39 am Link to this comment
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Many progressives make a fundamental error in assuming that the president is an independently powerful person, and that it matters greatly who has the job.  It used to, but no more, as Obama’s lickspittle presidency shows. By himself, the president cannot make war, but does the bidding of those who hold the real reigns of power. What is disturbing about Santorum is that many Americans vote for him. But how many is this? The more important numbers that should always be part of this discussion is what percentage of Republican voters are going to the polls in the first place, which in turn gives the actual percentage of qualified voters of all stripes who vote for such fanaticism.

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By D.R. Zing, February 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment

Oddly, this is good news. 

One thing could turn the race to the Republicans: 
war with Iran.

War with Iran is likely to result in:

* High civilian casualties in Iran.
* The spread of radioactive waste all over the
Middle East and possibly parts of China and the
former Soviet Union. 
* Terrorist attacks across the globe.

You don’t want a Christian fascist like Santorum in
the race under such conditions.  Right now it’s easy
for people to write him off as a dim bulb incapable of
illuminating distinctions between superstition and

But if Santorum is in the race while we’re in the
middle of the most serious conflict since World War
II, well, people tend to gravitate to superstition
and fascism in times of war.

And make no mistake: A Ric Santorum presidency would
make the the presidency of George W. Bush seem like
The Enlightenment.

Dig peace. Don’t bury it.

—D.R. Zing

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By bragladish, February 29, 2012 at 9:52 am Link to this comment
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Why are all these guys in the same cult?

Horned Hand: The sign of recognition between those in the Occult. When pointed at someone it is meant to place a curse, otherwise it is meant as a signal to all other in the Illuminati that he is with them. Note the thumb over the fingers…

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By rend it, February 29, 2012 at 9:30 am Link to this comment

helping no

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